Life Coaching Disclaimer and Code of Ethics
As a professional life coach, I commit to upholding life coaching industry standards for ethics, including those outlined below:
Scope of Coaching
• Clearly communicate to the client and ensure they understand the differences between life coaching and therapy.
• Clearly communicate the limits of coaching, as life coaches are not trained to diagnose or treat any form of mental illness.
• Clearly communicate the role of both the life coach and the client in the coaching relationship.
• Sign a coaching agreement with all clients prior to the first session. Include the information discussed above as well as financial agreements, expectations for both coach and client, and the termination policy.
• Refrain from coaching clients under the age of 18 without the written consent of a parent or guardian.
• Ensure my stated qualifications are clear and honest, including career experience, expertise, training, and certifications.
• Uphold and respect an equitable coach/client relationship, regardless of compensation.
• Refrain from making any claims of results or implications of outcomes that I cannot demonstrate or guarantee.
Conflict of Interest
• I’ll be as self-aware as possible of my personal biases and/or conflicts of interest, including disclosing any such conflict and terminating the coaching relationship should my biases or conflicts make me unable to provide appropriate services to the best of my abilities.
• Treat all clients and potential clients of all backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, religion, nation of origin, gender, sexuality, or any other characteristic, with positive regard, respect, and dignity.
• Maintain, store and dispose of any records, whether through electronic communications, in printed form or electronic files, created as a result of your coaching relationship in a manner that protects the clients’ confidentiality, privacy, and security and complies with any applicable agreements and laws.
• Obtain written permission from any client before using their names in testimonials or references.
• Disclose, upfront, that in the event the client displays or discloses intent to harm themselves or others, I am required by law to report to the authorities.